Astros cancel annual fundraiser for Houston Area Women's Center

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on May 13, 2013 at 6:57 PM

HOUSTON – The Houston Area Women’s Center is reeling from a financial blow after learning their largest fundraiser has been canceled.

The Black Ties and Baseball Caps gala was an annual event at Minute Maid Park put on by the Astros Wives Organization.

The popular gala raised $250,000 for the women’s center in 2012.

An Astros official said the team’s charitable foundation is changing directions and will focus on at-risk youth and youth baseball programs.

Women’s center CEO Rebecca White said losing the money is a huge setback.

"I don’t know if we will cut anything because we can’t. We have to serve the people who come to our doors," White said. "The alternatives are too horrible to imagine." 

White said they are reaching out to potential donors to make up for the lost money.

The Astros Wives Organization has been officially disbanded.

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